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CPR-performing scarecrow stolen from display

By NATHAN WHALEN
Whidbey Examiner Staff
October 25, 2013 · 2:13 PM
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A scarecrow that demonstrated CPR was stolen last week in front of the Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue station on North Main Street in Coupeville. / Photo courtesy of Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue

Coupeville has one less scarecrow lining its streets this week after someone stole a festive display aimed at eduction.

Someone between the evening of Oct.7 and the morning of Oct. 8 walked away with Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue’s entry for the 2013 Scarecrow Corridor contest.

With a press of a button, the scarecrow would start a CPR demonstration.

The bunker-gear wearing scarecrow was placed in front of the fire station located on North Main Street next to Whidbey General Hospital. It kneeled over a dummy and would start performing chest compressions for any passersby.

The motorized scarecrow was powered by a car battery, said Ed Hartin, chief of Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue.

The incident is still under investigation, said Lance Davenport, Coupeville town marshal.

He said officers are pinpointing the timeline when the scarecrow disappeared. They are also on the lookout for anyone in possession of firefighter bunker gear.

Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue is one of 17 organizations participating in the annual Scarecrow Corridor.

This year’s entries are based on popular literary figures and winners will be announced Saturday.

The district’s scarecrow emphasized CPR, which firefighters have promoted for the past several years.

“We’re just trying to raise awareness,” Hartin said. If a group of six or more people are in one place, then firefighters will offer to demonstrate hands-only (chest compressions) CPR.

Firefighters several weeks ago, showed athletes how to perform compressions and how to use an automatic defibrillator.

Hartin said the district has a goal to teach 10 percent of the district’s residents each year.

For information about scheduling a class, contact Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue at 360-678-3602.

 

Anyone with information about the missing scarecrow, contact ICOM at 360-679-9567.

 

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